Logan City has many schools, educators and leaders that do an amazing job every day with the children of the area. This year, an educator and leader from Loganlea State High School were nominated and are now Excellence Awardees (finalists) in the annual Australian Education Awards.
These awards are the leading independent awards event in the K-12 education sector and showcase the top-performing schools, principals, department heads and teachers for their outstanding achievements and transformative work that makes a profound difference to the lives of young people across Australia.
Principal Brenton Farleigh was nominated by his staff and is a finalist in the School Principal of The Year – Government category.
Mr Farleigh has been at Loganlea State High School for four years and in education since 2006 and didn’t know that he had been nominated.
“For me probably one of the most pleasing things was the staff put in the time and effort to do the nomination form,” said Mr Farleigh.
“I love coming to work every day because everyday is a different day when you’re a principal and working in schools.
“I get a real kick out of seeing success in the kids and really enjoy working with staff and we have a really good community here.
“I’m happy regardless of whether I win or not because of the staff that put in the time and effort to do the application as these things take a lot of time.”
Jack Anderson was also nominated by fellow staff members and has made it as a finalist in the Secondary School Teacher of The Year – Government category.
Mr Anderson has been a teacher at Loganlea State High School for 11 years and this is the first time he has been nominated.
“It was a bit of a shock because I got told about it and then got an email which I thought was a bit of a scam kind of thing,” said Mr Anderson.
“Once I realised it was genuine, I was pretty happy as you can go a long time working in the industry and not get any recognition, so pretty happy.
“It’s a good place to work and it’s unique and there are never two days the same.
“Being nominated is good and winning it wouldn’t really change much as I’m going to do the same thing anyway and being recognized is 99 per cent of it.”
The winners of the categories will be announced on Friday August 11 in Sydney.